I have a big fenced yard that i'd like to start a little egg-laying flock for the purpose of self-sustaining egg production and just as an enjoyable project for an animal-loving person like myself. I have tried twice to raise chickens. The first time, my dachshund got loose and killed them all. I was devastated. I re-homed him to a home with an elderly woman with no chickens. The second flock was so promising, I had a shepherd that was raised along-side these chicks, but was let out accidentally,into the pen with my hens by my daughter. He instinctively killed them. It broke our hearts. But it didn't discourage us from trying again. I want some good egg-laying hens. I'll even raise a rooster or two. I have all the equipment and housing for them. I would like some encouraging advice from dog owners and those who've made it work with dogs.